Wildlife

There’s loads to see at Paxton Pits, especially if you’re patient. It’s a well-loved spot for bird watching, with many overwintering wildfowl and regular sightings of kingfishers – as well as the famous nightingales. But you’ll also see plenty of other evidence of a healthy ecosystem here, including elusive mammals such as otters and weasels, plus a wide range of wildflowers, dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies.

 

Visit our Latest Sightings Blog to see what’s been out and about most recently. For an idea of what you might see at different times of year, we’ve got a handy month-by-month guide. And if you spot anything yourself, please let us know what you’ve seen and where by writing in the sightings book at the visitor centre or by emailing Ranger Jim.

 

The most recent sightings from the blog:

  • Heronry Lakes are back to normal winter levels or perhaps deeper with all the small islands submerged and most of the wildfowl have left.December 4th: Otter on Heronry South. Robin, bullfinch, redwings, blackbirds, goldcrest, g-s woodpecker, chaffinch, sparrow hawk, goldfinches. […]
  • The month began with mild conditions, but with some windy days followed by a lot of rain. The lakes and river rose noticeably.The Heronry South Lake after rain.November 3rd: Mink near the Offord Pumphouse intake,November 5th: Blue tits, wood pigeon, […]
  • Heronry South lake.2nd October: It rained a lot on the previous days so not much doing and not many visitors, that is, until today!Distant shot of wigeon, gadwall, black-tailedgodwit and green sandpiper.Heronry South lake was the place to be with […]